As a photographer I have to deal with many celebrities, which I occasionally wonder why some of them are famous. This great article asks why we care so much about celebrities. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of Justin Bieber.
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Alright, maybe I should rephrase that title with something that is more appropriate as to what I’m about to say.
Celebrities – Why Our Culture Around Them SUCKS
Yeah, that’s better. It doesn’t sound as catchy and controversial though, so I think I’ll keep the original title instead. If you have a problem with that, you can post an angry comment saying how much you hate me, then share this on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to tell your friends how much I suck.
Anyways, this post won’t just be me taking the piss out on celebrities and drill into which of them don’t deserve fame, which ones are shitty human beings, ETC, and while some of them certainly are those things, that’s not the main issue here. The real issue is not them, but us, why do treat them the way we do? Do they have any special qualities…
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LOVE, VALUE AND THE SELF.
PHILOSOPHY OF A
WRITTEN BY: JASMINE RAUSCH JASMINE’S INSTAGRAM
Valuing yourself is one of the most important things to have in order to live a quality life. I am learning this first hand. Many of us do not respect ourselves enough or believe we are deserving of a better life. We find our way into unsatisfactory jobs and relationships, and maintain these positions because of complacency. Once complacency sets in, it becomes difficult to see the bigger picture that drives us to strive for greatness.
AS I BEGIN TO START MY OWN BUSINESS, I HAVE RUN INTO THIS CONFLICT QUITE A BIT. IF YOU LACK VALUE FOR YOUR SELF THEN YOU SIMPLY CANNOT SEE THE VALUE IN YOUR SERVICE OR SKILL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE FIRM WITH YOUR RATES AND VALUE YOUR SERVICE. EVEN IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING OUT, IT IS WORTH IT TO BE WILLING TO LOSE A CLIENT, A JOB, OR AN OPPORTUNITY IF YOUR NEEDS AREN’T BEING MET. I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT IT ISN’T ABOUT GETTING ALL THE BUSINESS BUT RATHER THE RIGHT KIND OF BUSINESS. I HAVE FOUND THAT THOSE WHO RESPECT MY RATE ALSO RESPECT MY TIME AND VALUE THE SERVICE I AM PROVIDING.
In my relationship, I communicate because I value myself. This all started when I was participating in a pranayama/ meditation workshop that centered around self love. I was working with a partner asking and answering the questions that were given to us. As we fell deeper into the exercise I told my partner “Who will ever love me as much as he ( my boyfriend) does.” My partner looked at me surprised and responded with “You will.” Then it clicked. I did not know what self love was and I certainly did not have much of it. I spent the following months working on loving myself as much as my boyfriend has. Things have slowly started to shift. I want my relationship to be one I want to be in, but more so to be the kind I feel I deserve. I communicate my needs, my fears, my goals, and my loves for me and I hope my partner does the same.
Loving yourself and valuing yourself will create abundance in all areas of your life. I find this to be an everyday practice.
Miriam Williamson writes in A Return to Love: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be?”
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Genes in sperm may determine why female mammals live longer than males, according to a Japanese study published on Wednesday in Human Reproduction, a European journal.
Tokyo University professor Tomohiro Kono and Manabu Kawahara of Saga University found that female mice produced from genetic material from two mothers, but not from a father, lived significantly longer than mice with the normal mix of maternal and paternal genes. The “bi-maternal” mice were created by manipulating DNA in mouse eggs, so that the genes behaved like those in sperm. Once modified, this material was implanted into unfertilized adult female mice eggs to create embryos.
These mice lived 841.5 days on average — 186 days longer than in control mice born with a normal genetic mix, whose lifespan was 655.5 days. The longest-lived “bi-maternal” mouse lived for 1,045 days, while the oldest control mouse expired after 996 days. Another intriguing finding was that the “bi-maternal” mice were lighter and smaller than control mice and seemed to have a stronger immune system.
The big difference could lie in a gene called Rasgrf1, the researchers believe. The gene, located on Chromosome 9, is associated with post-natal growth. It normally expresses from the paternally inherited chromosome. “The study may give an answer to the fundamental questions: that is, whether longevity in mammals is controlled by the genome of only one or both parents and, just maybe, why women are an advantage over men with regard to the lifespan,” Kono said. One theory about longevity is that males have bigger bodies in order to win out in the race for breeding opportunities and thus scatter their genes. The price for this, though, is a shorter lifespan. Females, though, do not have to engage in this genetically costly beauty show, and instead optimize their reproductive output by conserving energy for delivering their offspring, nurturing it, foraging for food and avoiding predators.
Consciousness has measurable effects on the geometric structure of water crystals. Here are some photos taken by Dr. Masaru Emoto that demonstrate the effects direct states of conscious intention has on the structure of water.
How is water and consciousness tied together and related to humans and plants? One of the original pioneers in water consciousness studies, Dr. Marcel Vogel, determined that when bulk water was in the process of freezing, excess energy is extracted from the water.
At this point, the molecules start to spin and link together in the pattern of a tetrahedron. Dr. Vogel also noted that, at this juncture, water develops a consciousness, ‘a memory, a knowing of what they were designed to do (and) to be.’
What Dr. Vogel found out is that “the energy of mind, projected through a crystal, will structure water” which also corresponds with Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work with how consciousness affects water and water crystals.
“Water, in the process of crystallization into ice, will exhibit all of the patterns of the crystallographic world around us. It is the personification in a single bit of matter of all that is,” stated Dr. Vogel. If 90% of our bodies are water, then it would stand to reason that this would be a primary reason why plants (mainly comprised of water) have a consciousness, too.
Two handfuls of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of Prozac. Inside you, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body’s most important neurotransmitters.
Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness, or as the Australians would say, “no worries.” This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body’s own serotonin levels high. You can do the same thing with your food. And no one can tell us that beans, peas, cheese, nuts and wheat germ are toxic if you eat a lot of them!
Plenty of carbohydrates (starches) in your meals help tryptophan get to where it does the most good: in your brain. In order to cross the blood-brain barrier to get in, carbos are required. So cheese and crackers provides a better effect than the cheese standing alone. An egg or two on toast is better than just the egg. Beans, peas, and nuts already contain carbohydrate, so you are all set there.
Consider that five servings of beans, a few portions of peanut butter, or just one big handful of cashews provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants… but don’t tell the drug companies. Some skeptics think that the pharmaceutical people already know. Here are two quotes in evidence:
“Pay careful attention to what is happening with dietary supplements in the legislative arena… If these efforts are successful, there could be created a class of products to compete with approved drugs. The establishment of a separate regulatory category for supplements could undercut exclusivity rights enjoyed by the holders of approved drug applications.” (Source: FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy David Adams, at the Drug Information Association Annual Meeting, July 12, 1993)
Benefits of Eating Cashew Nuts
Who doesn’t know about cashew nuts? Caju is what we call them in India. We use them mostly in sweets and children love to eat them as they are. They are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals which are required for the normal functioning of the body. They actually belong to Brazil but Portuguese brought them to India in the 16th century. The kidney shaped or bean shaped nuts have many health benefits, a few of which are presented below:
1. Prevents Cancer: Proanthocyanidins are a class of flavonols which fight against tumor cells by stopping them to divide further. These proanthocyanidins and high copper content in cashew nuts help fight against cancerous cells and keeps you away from colon cancer. This is one of the major cashew nut benefits.
2. Healthy Heart: Cashews contain low fat content when compared to other nuts and that too in the oleic acid form which is very healthy for heart. They are cholesterol free and the antioxidants present keeps you away from heart diseases.
3. Lowers High Blood Pressure: Cashew nuts lower your blood pressure with the help of magnesium present in them.
4. Helps Hair: Copper is the mineral which helps your hair get that color. So if you take cashews which are full of copper content, you can get that black hair that you always wished for.
5. Healthy Bones: Like calcium, magnesium is also important for bone health which is the main content in cashew nuts.
6. Healthy Nerves: Magnesium is stored on the bones surface which prevents calcium from entering the nerve cells and thus keeps the blood vessels and muscles relaxed. Insufficient amount of magnesium can lead calcium to enter the blood vessels leading them to contract. It also leads to high blood pressure, migraine headache etc.
7. Prevents Gallstones: Daily intake of cashewnut can reduce the risk of developing gallstones up to 25%.
8. Helps in Weight Loss: Even though cashew nuts are considered as fats, it contains good cholesterol. So contrary to popular belief, those who eat cashews at least twice a week gain less weight when compared to those who eat less.
9. Anti-oxidants: Selenium, copper, magnesium etc. act as co-factors for many enzymes.
10. Helps Digestion: Cashew nuts help in growth and development, nucleic acid synthesis and digestion.
11. High on Vitamins: Cashew nuts are rich in vitamins like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin etc. These vitamins keep you safe from sideroblastic anemia, pellagra, etc.
12. Healthy Gums and Teeth: As mentioned before, the magnesium content present in cashew nuts is very good for bones. So it gives healthy teeth as well as strong gums to hold them.
13. Pleasant sleep: After menopause, these cashew nuts can give you relaxed and pleasant sleep during nights.
14. Free Radicals: Cashew nuts help our body to utilize iron properly and eliminate free radicals which cause health problems.
15. Macular Degeneration: Cashew nuts have the ability to filter Sun’s UV rays and protect us from macular degeneration. Now that you know the health benefits of Cashew nuts, ensure that you eat a few once every week I am sure you already love them.
Credit: Natural Cures Not Medicine